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Old 01-26-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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DR. says MRI not bad

Says i shouldn't be in as much pain as i am claiming to be. I've suffered with chronic lyme and fibromygia for over 30 years now he has me questioning if my tolerance for pain has just gone down and i am a wuss.


Radiologist Impression of MRI was mild degenerative disc disease @L3-4,L4-5 both also have small diffuse bulges. Here is where i am shaking my head. Levoscoliosis. I have never had a curve in my spine, when i told him this he said id have to see past films. ( just moved here and records haven't caught up) I told him i was sure my xray a couple years ago for kidney stones showed only ddd. And he just shrugged. So i called my old doctors nurse and she read me the report and no curves or abnormalities.

My pain has gotten a lot worse in the last 2 years and the muscle spasms went from once every couple months to a couple a week. I also have pain going down my left leg. Could this new curve be causing these spasms?

 
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Re: DR. says MRI not bad

Welcome to the board.

In a word: yes. Levoscoliosis can be painful and could be responsible for the muscle spasms, as it throws the body's alignment out of whack. It is a curve of the spine to the left. You might notice that the shoulders are not at the same height, the skull is not perfectly aligned with the pelvis and one of the hips (the left one in the case of levoscoliosis) is slightly higher than the other one.

Remember that an MRI is just one piece of the diagnostic puzzle and is subject to different interpretations by different doctors. The ordering doctor in his orders, states what he is looking for, so it is possible that your levoscoliosis was very slight and the radiologist didn't bother mentioning it.

It is fairly common that the radiologist does not mention every little thing that is wrong.

I've had three spine surgeries and numerous MRIs and no one has ever mentioned "scoliosis" to me, either in a written report or on a physical exam. But this fall, I went in for my years gyn. exam, and while examining me, listening to my breathing with a stethoscope on my back, just in passing, my doctor mentioned something about my scoliosis...just in passing, along with some other comments about my incision scars, etc. Then he immediately moved on to something else, and I didn't think to ask him about it later. I am assuming that it is a result of my surgery for spondylolisthesis, and that the alignment of my spine has been slightly altered....It is obviously "no big deal" or my surgeons or PT would have mentioned it.

I'm assuming it is a similar situation with you. Perhaps you've always had a very slight curve to the left that no one has mentioned. Perhaps now that you have DDD, some of the soft tissue is stretching and has allowed the curve to be a bit more pronounced. Perhaps it was just the new doctor being particularly tuned in to scoliosis, so he mentioned it. ETC.

Do you have an office job or do you sit a lot? As we age, this can be a cause of developing a slight scoliosis.

Pain going down your leg is probably a sign that you have some nerve compression resulting from the DDD.

I'm guessing this was a PCP or family doctor rather than a spine specialist? Bear in mind that a very minor disc bulge can cause immense pain while one that looks fearsome on a MRI can not hurt. Maybe your MRI does not reveal any great damage, but the doctor cannot tell how much pain you may be in.

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Old 01-26-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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Re: DR. says MRI not bad

Ty very much for your reply.
Radiologist report stated no spinal abnormalities and mentioned the ddd. Remember it was an X-ray for a kidney stone so when i first heard the report from the nurse i was surprised to hear of even the ddd. So im 100% sure this curve is new.

The MRI also said "without frank central canal stenosis" yet in other areas it says without. Does the word frank mean its possible and they just cant be sure?

 
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Re: DR. says MRI not bad

Frank in a MRI means "clinically evident".

 
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